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The Past is Present: A Newfound Sentimentality for Design Heritage

In recent years, a surge in interest in design heritage has fuelled new developments in interior design, conservation, exhibition design, and publishing, amongst others. How are these developments shaping design history and the way the general public interacts with furniture? How does heritage preservation influence global taste?

Sunday, March 12

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In this talk, Oscar Duboÿ, journalist AD France, Michael Diaz-Griffith, executive director and COO of the Design Leadership Network and author of the forthcoming publication The New Antiquarians: At Home With Young Collectors (The Monacelli Press, 2023), Lucile Montagne, heritage curator of contemporary collections, Mobilier national, and Boris Vervoordt, Axel Vervoordt Company, discuss the world of design from various perspectives.

TEFAF Talks are interactive panel discussions exploring today’s most fascinating topics in the worlds of art, antiques, and design. Paired with leading content partners, these talks showcase the knowledge of leading experts in the broader TEFAF community. This talk is presented in partnership with AD France.


Oscar Duboÿ, Journalist (Moderator)

Oscar Duboÿ is a French-Italian journalist based in Paris. He’s been writing about design and interiors for AD, La Gazette Drouot, TLmag, Wallpaper, Numéro, L’Architecture d’Aujurd’hui and is currently focused on interactions between art and collectible design.

Michael Diaz-Griffith, Exective Director & COO, Design Leadership Network, and author, "The New Antiquarians: Young Collectors at Home" (Phaidon/Monacelli)

Michael Diaz-Griffith is an art & design historian and Executive Director of the Design Leadership Network. Prior to joining the DLN, Diaz-Griffith served as Executive Director of Sir John Soane's Museum Foundation and as Associate Executive Director of The Winter Show. He is the author of “The New Antiquarians: Young Collectors at Home,” forthcoming from Phaidon/The Monacelli Press in June 2023.

Lucile Montagne, Heritage Curator of Contemporary Collections, Mobilier national

Lucile Montagne is heritage curator at the Mobilier national. She is in charge of the contemporary collection, from the 1960s to the present day: furniture designed by the Research and Creation workshop, as well as rugs and tapestries created by the national manufactories. The Mobilier national embody the prestige of French traditions and the vitality of artistic creation.

Boris Vervoordt, Axel Vervoordt Company

Cover photo by Thibaut Chapotot. Courtesy Réserve Perret, Mobilier national.